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From: "MaryLee Smith" <>
Subject: Re: [ALL] Naturalization Information
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2006 10:35:44 -0700
At age 11, my husband & his parents immigrated to the USA from Canada in 1956. His parents were eligible to become naturalized citizens in 1961 when he was 16, which they did. [They had to go thru the naturalization process, take the citizenship test, each needed to have an American citizen as a sponsor, etc.]
When my husband became 18, he was then able to apply for citizenship through the same process as his parents had -- he filled out the necessary forms, there was a background check, he was interviewed, & asked a few questions as to who was the President? what form of government? etc. His parents were his sponsors. A few months later, after all was complete, he went to the court on the appointed date & time, along w/30 or so other immigrants, & took the oath of citizenship. He then proceeded down to the 3rd floor of the Federal Building where his draft status was changed from 1A to 2S (he was a college student, but had been a "registered alien" & thus classified 1A until becoming a citizen.)
He stated that at that time (the 1950's/60's), if a dependent child [children] was 14 years of age or under AT THE TIME THE PARENT[S] BECAME CITIZENS, the child automatically became a citizen along with the parent[s]. Otherwise, the child [children] had to apply on their own at age 18 to go through the citizenship process.
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Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2006 6:55 AM
Subject: Re: Re: [ALL] Naturalization Information
Depending on time frame, I believe only children under the age of 21 became naturalized when their father was naturalizd. Foreigh-born adult children had to apply for citizenship on their own. The law changed numerous times - I believe after 1922 all children had to apply for citizenship when they reached 18 or 21. National Achives web site may have a description of laws and revisions in their discussion of naturalization records.
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